Here is how Bloomberg information agency analysts described him: “Kelimbetov is for keeping his optimism and composure in any situation”. It is curious that these are the qualities A go player would typically have. In a conversation with the Championship director he mentioned that a goban and stones are his helpers in doing business.
The successful businessman from Kazakhstan learned about Go 10 years ago thank to his extensive international contacts. His partners from Korea, China and Japan mostly held business negotiations over a Go board.
The game of Go for Kelimbetov is not just a sport or a hobby but an efficient way of developing one’s strategic thinking.